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150-pound sea turtle released off Florida Keys

In this May 12, 2018 photo provided by the The Turtle Hospital, manager Bette Zirkelbach, front left, and founder Richie Moretti, front right, release "Judy" a loggerhead sea turtle, off the Florida Keys in Marathon, Fla. The 150-pound female had convalesced at the hospital since being discovered three months ago entangled in a fish trap line. Although the reptile's left rear flipper had to be amputated, hospital officials expect "Judy" to survive and eventually lay eggs. (Larry Benvenuti/The Turtle Hospital via AP)
May 13, 2018 - 9:24 AM

MARATHON, Fla. - A female loggerhead sea turtle has been released off the Florida Keys, after convalescing for about three months at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital.

Hundreds of spectators applauded hospital staff Saturday as they released "Judy," a 150-pound juvenile that was found entangled in a fishing trap line off the Lower Keys in early February.

The reptile was treated with antibiotics, vitamins, lactulose and a diet of squid and fish. Even though her left rear flipper was amputated, as a result of the entanglement, "Judy" is expected to do well.

Turtle Hospital officials said that releasing the reptile over Mother's Day weekend was especially meaningful because they are confident the turtle will lay eggs after reaching maturity.

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